MANILA, July 15, 2014 – Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop and Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines president Socrates B. Villegas responded to President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III’s speech on the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program issue by saying, “The Rule of Law is a fundamental requirement, an objective condition – of the common good.”
He explained this is why the Rule of Law “is at all times safeguarded” and “is therefore a moral concern.” He added, when the Rule of Law is compromised, the common good becomes the “victim.”
While Villegas recognized President Benigno Aquino III’s right to express his thoughts on the Supreme Court’s decision which declared parts of the DAP unconstitutional, he stressed the need to hold on to the principles of the Constitution.
“The President’s views are important and his right to express himself must be respected…[But] it is equally important for our people to hold fast to the basic tenets of the democratic way of life enshrined in our Constitution,” the 53-year old prelate said.
He added it is the Judiciary’s role to interpret the law “with definitiveness” in the process of resolving justiciable issues.
“We must respect the Supreme court” for “where there was error, there must be humble admission and immediate rectification,” Villegas added.
He assured the Filipino people that the CBCP will continue to pray that the nation will tread the path of peace, “and that our national leaders may truly be HUMBLE and respectful of our democratic institutions so that our most sacred feedoms and liberties are always upheld.” (Melo M. Acuna)